Sat. Jan 25th, 2020

Erdogan threatens to reject NATO plan to protect Baltic States

The Turkish President demanded that the Alliance recognize terrorist groups that Ankara considers such

Turkey will oppose NATO’s plan to protect the Baltic States if the Alliance does not recognize terrorist groups that Turkey considers such.

This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the eve of the summit of NATO leaders in London.

Erdogan said he had spoken to Polish President Andrzej Duda by phone, and had arranged to meet with him and Baltic leaders in London to discuss the issue.

“We can get together and discuss these issues there, with pleasure –” he said. – But if our friends in NATO do not recognize as terrorist organizations what we consider to be terrorist organizations, we will oppose any steps that will be taken there.”

A Turkish security source said on Monday that Ankara was not “blackmailing” NATO with its refusal to support the plan, but had a full veto in the Alliance.